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  • Writer's pictureSheryl Barlow

The Rotary Club of Tallahassee Awards Grant to Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center.

At the June 19, 2024 program meeting, The Rotary Club of Tallahassee’s “Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking” Satellite Club’s Chair Kim Koutnik, Secretary Pam Irwin, and Belinda Little Wood presented a $2,500.00 grant check to Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA, Executive Director of Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC).

STAC, founded in 2015 provides needed holistic trauma-informed, and survivor-centered case management services to survivors of sex and labor trafficking and to those at severe risk. STAC supports youth and adults, male and female, who have been sex or labor trafficked as well as those who are at risk and have multiple vulnerabilities in the six counties STAC supports: Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Franklin, Jefferson, and Liberty.

STAC sought funding from the Rotary Club of Tallahassee to provide services and

empower clients to receive services and support that they need to recover from being

trafficked and to move forward from this trauma.

STAC has worked with over 200 survivors of sex and labor trafficking since its inception. In

addition to providing one-on-one direct services and support to survivors, STAC works with

community partners who can help to meet a client’s needs. This can include legal assistance, healthcare, housing, food, clothing, transportation, cell phone services, counseling as well as other needs unique to clients’ situations.

The Rotary Club of Tallahassee is part of a global service organization network of Rotary clubs of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

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